Daily Archives: February 13, 2012
If you’re unfamiliar with Mickey Maudlin, he wears many hats at HarperOne, one of which is “executive editor.” He writes a newsletter (it’s monthly, I think) called “News and Pews” that I enjoy reading whenever it pops into my inbox.
His article from last month, “Books and the Communion of the Saints,” begins with this paragraph. I’ve underlined the sentences that jumped out at me the most:
“Books are the communion of saints. I am sure there are mystical non-book-based realities to our fellowship with past believers, but mostly we know about those who have gone before us through their books. I have tried to imagine what I would know about God and the Christian life if I was forced to forsake books and was limited to the people I have personally encountered, but it is impossible. I began my Christian life by reading—reading C. S. Lewis and John Stott at first; soon I was introduced to Tozer, Nouwen, Merton, Buechner, Peterson, Foster, and Willard. Without their stories, advice, and teachings, I fear I would have run aground spiritually, having never left the shallows and cast out upon the deeper waters.”
I resonate with these lines. It’s like Mickey was writing about my own spiritual journey. But he’s also tugged on a thread in my mind that’s been nagging at me.
How do we effectively minister to non-readers?